30 Best Moisturisers for Oily Skin in Singapore’s Hot, Sticky Weather

By: Dedet Panabi / January 8, 2021
Categories : Skincare, Skincare Tips

Most moisturisers are just too thick, heavy or uncomfortable for people with oily skin. “My face feels so sticky right after I apply it!” “It makes me break out!” “My makeup looks even cakeier!” The hot climate doesn’t help. We understand your pain – and we have the solution. We found the best moisturiser for oily skin for Singapore weather.

Do We Need Moisturiser For Oily Skin?

Yes! Even if your skin has enough oil, it doesn’t mean that it has enough water. All skin types need proper hydration to stay healthy, smooth, soft and young-looking. Without hydration, you are more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin also becomes more sensitive and prone to damage, whether it’s from environmental exposure (sun and pollution) or harsh skincare products.  

Dehydrated skin will also produce more oil. It’s a vicious cycle: your skin is oily, so you use too many products that dry out your skin. Your skin becomes more oily, so you use even harsher skincare.Eventually skin becomes so sensitive and stressed out, that it looks red and blotchy. Does that sound familiar?

Furthermore, even “healthy” oily skin will still need daily moisturiser. “Plenty of things—cold weather, hot water, harsh products, and aging—can disrupt the integrity of skin, causing it to spring tiny leaks. Before you know it, the skin no longer can act as a barrier to water loss and it becomes dry,” says Angela Palmer.

What Should I Look For In a Moisturiser for Oily Skin?

  • Non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic. This means the product does not contain any ingredients that are known to clog pores or trigger acne. However, if you’re being extra careful with your skin (because you’re severely acne-prone, or your skin is sensitive because of treatments) also avoid parabens, sulfates, and fragrances.
  • Oil-free. While there are a lot of good plant extracts and oils that are good for oily or combination skin, you want to stay away from mineral oils and other thick emollients.
  • Humectants. Some ingredients, like glycerine and hyaluronic acid, hydrate the skin by trapping moisture. These are usually light and non-greasy and feel weightless on your skin

Best Moisturisers for Oily Skin for Every Budget

1. Esse Probiotic Hydro Moisturiser

Infused with essential probiotic extracts and prebiotic nutrients, Esse Probiotic Hydro Moisturiser is an ultra-gentle, light cream. The oil-free formula can balance the oil level in your skin which results in improved moisture retention and fuller, healthier skin. The star ingredient Hyaluronic Acid can give you a boost of moisturisation.

Why we love it:

  • Draws moisture back into the skin
  • Fortifies the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Regulates oil and moisture levels

Price: $105.00

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2. SK-II R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lotion

This SK-II R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lotion is one of SK-II’s best selling products in their anti-ageing range of skincare products. What we really love about this product is its lightweight texture! For the hot and humid weather in Singapore, wearing a thick skincare products will not end well, but with this fairly milky lotion, you won’t have to worry about a thing!

Why we love it:

  • Lightweight milky texture
  • Absorbs very quickly into the skin
  • Combats environmental aggressors

Buy now: $149.00

Where to Buy: Sephora

3. KLAIRS Rich Moist Soothing Cream

The KLAIRS Rich Moist Soothing Cream is a hardworking moisturising cream made for battling skin through all seasons. For oily skin, it effectively restores the hydration and oil balance to help stabilize the skin. Furthermore, the moisturiser can also reduce skin redness and diminish the appearance of pores. Super gentle and light, it is the perfect moisturiser for those with oily skin in Singapore. Plus, it is very reasonably priced!

Why we love it:

  • Balances oil and moisture levels
  • Soothes redness and irritation
  • Refines and detoxifies the pores

Price: $30.90

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4. Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture

Sometimes, basic is better. While this drugstore moisturiser for oily skin doesn’t have pretty packaging or trendy ingredients, it quietly and efficiently balances and nourishes your skin. Don’t expect dramatic, overnight results, but over time your skin will be stronger and healthier. If you have a very specific skincare issue like acne, wrinkles or hyperpigmentation, you many want to look for other creams.

Why we love it:

  • Affordable and effective
  • Balances oil and moisture levels
  • Fortifies the skin’s moisture barrier

Price: $19.50

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

5. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

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Looking for the best moisturiser for oily skin in Singapore for under $20? Try this. It often appears in editor’s picks as their favourite drugstore moisturiser, and for good reason: the gel formula is light and doesn’t feel sticky, its cooling effect refreshes (especially in hot climate), and it doesn’t cause irritation or breakouts. Your skin feels noticeably softer and looks smoother. You can also reapply this in the middle of the day, whenever your skin starts to look dull or tired. Store in the refrigerator for extra cooling effect!

Why we love it:

  • Refreshing texture
  • Ultra hydrating
  • Prevents transepidermal water loss

Price: $22.90

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

6. Etude House AC Clean Up Gel Lotion

This contains tea tree oil to control oil and kill bacteria that can cause pimples, and papaya fruit extract and onion bulb extract to help acne marks and brighten your skin. It’s also free of mineral oils and fragrances that can trigger breakouts.  

Why we love it:

  • Anti-acne and antibacterial
  • Reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation
  • Free of mineral oil and artificial fragrance

Price: $14.91

Where to Buy: Shopee Singapore

7. Wild Products Vitamin C Ester Facial Crème

Looking for an affordable, readily-available vegan moisturiser for oily skin in Singapore? Try this bestselling cream. It has Vitamin C to brighten skin, fight ageing, and fade pigmentation. Some people swear that it works better than more expensive organic Vitamin C moisturisers. It also has aloe to soothe the skin, and rosehip oil to control oil production.  

Why we love it:

  • Affordable and effective
  • Brightens the skin and evens out the skin tone
  • Vegan and cruelty-free

Price: $24.00

Where to Buy: Wild Singapore

8. COSRX Oil-free Ultra-Moisturizing Lotion with Birch Sap

Moisturising lotions tend to have a lighter consistency than creams. It absorbs quickly and can be work under your makeup. It’s one of the best moisturiser for oily skin that’s become sensitive after exfoliation or acne treatments. Its key ingredient, birch sap, reduces irritation and redness. It got 4.4 stars on SokoGlam, with one reviewer saying, “My oily skin hates all moisturisers except this one!”

Why we love it:

  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Soothes redness and irritation
  • Absorbs quickly with no sticky residue

Price: $32.50

Where to Buy: Insider Mall

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9. Essano Regenerating Rosehip Moisturizer

This is one of the best moisturiser for oily, acne-prone skin. Aside from healing jojoba oil, it has rosehip oil. Rosehip oil is considered an anti-acne powerhouse: it  has vitamin A and linoleic acid to control sebum production, prevent blackheads and whiteheads, and fade post-acne inflammation and discoloration. We recommend using this moisturiser at night, since it is a bit heavier.  

Why we love it:

  • Nourishing yet lightweight
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation and acne scars

Price: $29.95

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10. Innisfree Green Tea Seed Cream

 Looking for a light, anti-ageing moisturiser for oily skin? This fits the bill. The green tea is packed with antioxidants that can fight free radical damage and give you a healthy, youthful glow. Its watery texture is absorbed in seconds, and won’t feel heavy even on the oiliest skin. Influenster gave it 4.5 stars!

Why we love it:

  • Rich in antioxidants to energize the skin
  • Watery light texture that absorbs quickly
  • No oily residue

Price: $33. 00

Where to Buy: Innisfree Singapore

11. Hada Labo Perfecting UV Gel Moisturiser

This is one of the most popular Japanese moisturisers for oily skin. Its gel formula is comfortable and never feels greasy, and yet still makes your skin soft, supple and bouncy. It also provides really good UV protection, with SPF 50 and PA++++.  

Why we love it:

  • Strong sun protection with SPF50+ PA++++
  • Lightweight gel texture
  • Visibly plumps up the skin with moisture

Price: $28.72

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

12. Aesop Sage and Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream

This moisturiser hydrates your skin while fighting breakouts with zinc and sage leaf extract. If you prefer a natural (and gentle) anti-acne skincare regimen, then include this. It will help soothe and strengthen your skin, especially if you’re using chemical exfoliaters like AHAs and BHAs. It also has SPF 15, to increase your defense against sun damage.

Why we love it:

  • Great for daytime with sun protection
  • Balances oil and moisture levels
  • Combats acne-causing bacteria

Price: $80.00

Where to Buy: Aesop Singapore

13. La Roche Posay Effeclar Mat

This hits all the criteria for the best moisturiser for oily skin: oil-free, non-comedogenic, and even controls oil and mattifies the skin. It absorbs quickly, and is so good you can even skip makeup primer. That’s great news, because applying too many skincare and makeup products can increase your chance of clogging pores and your foundation getting cakey.

Why we love it:

  • Oil-free and doesn’t clog the pores
  • Doubles up as a makeup primer
  • Sets to a velvety matte texture

Price: $38.90

Where to Buy: Watsons Singapore

14. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Face Moisturiser

This is the best moisturiser for oily skin that has become very sensitive after using harsh skincare products or acne treatments. After a few days, you’ll notice that your skin is less red and doesn’t sting. After a few weeks, your skin will be noticeably smoother and more even.  

Why we love it:

  • Suitable for sensitive eczema-prone skin
  • Soothes itching and irritation
  • Alleviates redness and inflammation

Price: $40.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

15. Origins Gin-Zing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser

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We are in love! One of the best moisturizer for oily skin – especially if you never get enough sleep! It restores radiance with natural extracts like ginseng, orange peel oil, and jojoba butter. And in case the mention of “butter” makes you worry about greasiness, we promise you that it absorbs in seconds. After a few weeks of use, your skin will become more healthy and balanced, so you produce less oil.

Why we love it:

  • Energizes the skin for a healthy glow
  • Balances oil and moisture levels
  • Absorbs quickly into the skin

Price: $54.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

16. Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream

This bestselling Korean moisturiser is perfect for all skin types, but it’s especially refreshing for people with oily skin. It attracts and locks in moisture, and fills up your skin’s “water bank” as you sleep. When you wake up, your skin is softer, smoother and more supple. Makeup goes on better, too. Definitely worth trying!

Why we love it:

  • Refreshing light gel texture
  • Works great as a primer for your foundation
  • Prevents transepidermal water loss

Price: $52.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

17. Boscia Revitalising Black Hydration Gel

 One of the best moisturiser for oily skin – even very oily skin! The charcoal sucks away oils and impurities, while Vitamin C combats ageing and dark spots. Invest in it if you hate heavy creams and use a lot of makeup products that can potentially clog pores. (Of course, you should still find a good cleanser and toner for oily skin!)

Why we love it:

  • Detoxifies the skin
  • Neutralizes acne-causing bacteria
  • Evens out the skin tone

Price: $59.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

18. Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

This is a fantastic night moisturiser for oily skin. Aside from bathing your skin in hydrating and healing natural plant extracts, it has a delicate natural rose scent. “I love using this moisturiser especially after a very tiring, stressful day. Patting it into my skin, or massaging it in with my jade roller, has become one of my favorite relaxing bedtime rituals. I also like using this after a face mask, because it seems to trap in the serum too,” says one beauty review.

Why we love it:

  • Refreshing rose scent that doubles up as aromatherapy
  • Visibly energizes the skin
  • Soothes redness and irritation

Price: $70.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

19. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Gel

This may be expensive, but its one of the best anti-ageing moisturiser for oily skin. It’s packed with antioxidants, and skin-nourishing Vitamin A, C and E. The hyaluronic acid hydrates your skin but never feels heavy. And did we mention that it smells amazing? It’s a true skin treat that will make your skincare routine feel like a total pampering session.

Why we love it:

  • Ultra-hydrating
  • Repairs the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Cooling and soothing effect

Price: $90.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

20. Philosophy Hope in a Jar (Gel Formula for Oily Skin)

This is a cult favorite, and for good reason! Philosophy’s moisturiser rejuvenates tired, ageing skin. Amino acids gently slough of dead skin cells to reveal bright, smooth skin. Antioxidants heal damaged cells, and repair your moisture barrier. It’s also free of harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. So even if your oily skin is dull, damaged and stressed out, you can truly find hope in a jar!

Why we love it:

  • Exfoliates and stimulates cell turnover
  • Repairs the skin’s moisture barrier
  • Soothes and heals acne breakouts

Price: $64.00

Where to Buy: Sephora Singapore

21. COSRX Hydrium Green Tea Aqua Soothing Gel Cream

Next, we have a lightweight watery gel moisturiser that’s perfect if you don’t like the feeling of heavy or rich creams on your skin. This non-oil gel absorbs quickly into the skin without any oily or greasy residue. In addition to soothing green tea extract, it also contains Pro Vitamin B5, aloe vera leaf extract to soothe and refresh oily acne-prone skin. Plus, it also makes as a great SOS treatment for redness and sunburns.

Why we love it:

  • Cooling and refreshing effect
  • Soothes redness and sunburns
  • Non-comedogenic and no greasy residue

Price: $29. Save 7% and get it for $27.90 at Insider Mall!
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22. COSRX AC Collection Lightweight Soothing Moisturiser for oily skin

Now here’s another moisturizer from COSRX that’s amazing for oily skin! Besides its soft and lightweight texture, this Lightweight Soothing Moisturizer by COSRX also contains a unique CentellAC-Rx Complex to protect, heal and fortify the skin. On top of that, it also contains antioxidants like green tea and aloe vera extract to soothe redness and irritation. Moreover, niacinamide and zinc regulates sebum production while low level AHAs and BHAs help to brighten and rejuvenate the skin.

Why we love it:

  • Cruelty-free
  • All-in-one moisturizer that heals, protects and exfoliates
  • Soothes redness and combats acne-causing bacteria

Price: $24.90. Save 12% and get it for $21.90 at Insider Mall!
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23. COSRX Propolis Light Cream


Hands down, this is one of the best healing moisturisers for oily skin. Enriched with 65.69% bee propolis, honey and royal jelly extract, the Propolis Light Cream by COSRX has powerful antibacterial and anti-acne properties. Besides combatting acne-causing bacteria, this cream has a lightweight gel texture that sinks in beautifully into the skin.

Why we love it:

  • Improves skin elasticity and radiance
  • Heals acne scars and prevents breakouts
  • Soothes redness and inflammation

Price: $31.90. Save 13% and get it for $27.90 at Insider Mall!
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24. 57N Birch Water & Beta Glucan Barrier Cream


Is your skin feeling oily and dehydrated at the same time? Then check out the Birch Water and Beta Glucan Barrier Cream by 57N! Well known in Nordic countries for their healing and rejuvenating properties, birch water and beta glucan are the star ingredients in this moisturiser. Besides infusing your skin with an instant boost of moisture, it also strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier and regulates sebum production.

Why we love it:

  • Balances oil and moisture levels
  • Soothes, heals and rejuvenates the skin
  • Rich in amino acids to prevent dehydration

Price: $36.50. Available at Insider Mall!
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25. CNP Laboratory Dual-Balance Waterlock Moist Cream


Next on the list, we have a gel moisturiser for oily skin that has won tons awards in the beauty community! Like its namesake, this cream locks moisture in place and balances both oil and moisture levels in the skin. Because its mineral oil-free, you won’t have to worry about it clogging your pores. Moreover, it contains CNP’s signature Moist Pump Complex and Vitamin E to thoroughly soothe and hydrate your skin.

Why we love it:

  • Mineral oil-free
  • Cooling lightweight gel texture
  • Regulates sebum production and suitable even for sensitive skin

Price: $68. Available at Insider Mall!
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26. Rootree Camphorganic Recharging Cream


This one’s for you vegan skincare lovers out there! Enriched with all natural and certified organic ingredients from Jeju Island, the Camphorganic Recharging Cream by Rootree is a winner in our book! In addition to 100% plant olive oil, it also contains a potent blend of plant extracts to soothe, heal and revitalize the skin.

Why we love it:

  • Vegan and certified organic
  • Free of sulfates, phthalates and artificial fragrance
  • Ultra gentle formula for sensitive and acne-prone skin

Price: $72. Save 20% and get it for $57.60 at Insider Mall!
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27. Esse Probiotic Restorative Moisturiser for oily skin


Here’s another winner from Esse’s Probiotic range! Although it is slightly richer than regular moisturisers for oily skin, this Restorative Moisturiser by Esse is particular great for nighttime since it is very nourishing. In addition to probiotics, it also contains hyaluronic acid and aloe vera extract to effectively deliver moisture to the skin and keep sebum production in check. Because its non-comedogenic, you won’t have to worry about it clogging your pores.

Why we love it:

  • Vegan, organic and non-comedogenic
  • Locks in moisture and regulates sebum production
  • Contains probiotics to balance the skin’s microbiome and manage acne breakouts

Price: $230. Available at Insider Mall!
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28. By Wishtrend Acid-Duo Hibiscus 63 Face Cream


We sure love a good multitasking moisturiser and this one ticks all the boxes! Besides detoxifying the pores and regulating sebum production, this light cream by Wishtrend also contains 63% hibiscus flower extract and 2 gentle acids to gently exfoliate and renew the skin.

Why we love it:

  • Suitable for even sensitive skin
  • Exfoliates, heals and brightens the skin
  • Controls sebum production for oily skin

Price: $29.90. Available at Insider Mall!
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29. The Herb Farm Nourishing Rose Face Cream


Although this cream is meant for normal skin types, we also love it for oily and sensitive skin. In addition to jojoba, sweet almond and evening primrose oil, it also contains revitalizing rose extract to effectively soften and hydrate the skin. Instead of feeling heavy on the skin, it’s surprisingly lightweight and works well with your skin’s natural oils to regulate sebum production.

Why we love it:

  • Refreshing rose scent
  • Improves skin elasticity
  • Gives your skin a healthy glow

Price: $49. Available at Insider Mall!
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30. I’m From Honey Glow Cream


Last but not least, we have this Honey Glow Cream which we love for healing acne breakouts and soothing inflammation. Enriched with a powerful blend of honey, black beep propolis, royal jelly, bee pollen, turmeric and cinnamon, this cream has a velvety smooth texture that glides on like a dream. Because of its antibacterial properties, it helps to keep new breakouts in check and heal existing ones to prevent scarring.

Why we love it:

  • Absorbs quickly into the skin
  • Fortifies the skin’s barrier
  • Soothes irritation and balances oil and moisture levels

Price: $45.90. Available at Insider Mall!
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